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Brad Kaenel

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About Brad Kaenel

  • Birthday 11/30/1999

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    music director (church); computer programmer (retired)
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    musical theatre, jazz
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  1. Reverb has an A70: https://reverb.com/item/82919690-roland-a-70-expandable-controller MF has one, too: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboards-midi/used-roland-a-70-keyboard-workstation/119885857?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXMP&source=3WWRWXMP&msclkid=72f0f2f0aca91db9fb7f947fdc9cc94c&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=**LP - Shop - pMax - All Products&utm_term=2323130631137250&utm_content=All Products
  2. Yep, I didn't word that very precisely. What I meant is that every digital board *of a particular make/model* will likely feel the same to any given player.
  3. I'm with Fred on this point. With mass-produced digital boards that have no physical customizations that can be made to the action, it's not so unfair to say "they all feel the same", at least to any given player. But with acoustic boards like the VVPiano with a wide range of mechanical adjustments, in my view all a given player can say is that he does or doesn't like "this one", or doesn't prefer "this particular setup."
  4. Yes; works as you'd expect; held notes continue across the patch change until you release them
  5. Chris, great to hear you on the band now, and welcome to our little keys community; thank you for joining in! I try hard to see Spyro whenever you come to SoCal; looking forward to my next opportunity. Hope you’ll have time to chat us up regularly. Cheers!
  6. Roger that; yes, I realize that inherent limitation. I'm merely looking for something simple I could carry that would allow me to pair with portable speakers (like the omnipresent JBLs, etc.) that folks often bring to yard parties with their smartphones.
  7. I found this from Line 6: https://shop-us.line6.com/accessories/relay-g10tii-transmitter/ At first I thought it required a proprietary receiver, but perhaps it doesn't and may just work with any Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Anyone ever use one of these?
  8. Can anyone recommend a battery-powered gizmo that can plug into a standard 1/4" audio out, and transmit Bluetooth audio to wireless headphones or a wireless speaker? I don't want something that requires a proprietary receiver; just wanna be able to plug it into a keyboard and pair it with any Bluetooth-enabled speaker, like folks do with their smartphones.
  9. Yes, I do own a Mojo Classic Suitcase (currently for sale in the Classifieds, by the way), and yes, you can use the Lower manual for extra sounds. Upper manual transmits on MIDI Channel 1, Lower manual on Channel 2. Just connect the MIDI OUT to your external source module and set it to receive on Channel 2. Note that there is no facility I'm aware of for "muting" the internal organ voice on the Lower manual, so I just push all the drawbars in (or use a preset that does that) when I want to play only an external sound with no layering of the organ.
  10. Thank you all for the schooling. I guess I need to just “say ‘No’” to gaff(e) tape for my applications.
  11. Chicago Electric Piano Company, a restoration shop like VintageVibe, just published this review: https://chicagoelectricpiano.com/rhodes/rhodes-mk8/ There's lot's more pics there, too.
  12. Maybe I'm dense, unlucky, or just doing something stupid... I've tried every brand of gaff tape, including Amazon cheap and pro-recommended pricey, and EVERY TIME I use it on a rubber surface (XLR cables primarily, but also foot pedals, audio lines, etc.) the glue just "melts" and turns into a gooey mess: Stick it to metal, plastic, almost anything else it's fine for weeks and months. But just touch rubber, even at indoor room temperatures -- it morphs within minutes, like it's some kind of chemical reaction or something. Someone tell me what I'm doing wrong. PLEASE!
  13. Oh yes, I will try the new Marquis model as soon as VV folks let me know that one has made it to the L.A. area.
  14. Huzzah! Finally laid hands on the Mk8. Two thumbs way, way up to Nick and Anne Montoya for opening up their Goleta studio for a couple of hours. Played the Rhodes, took some photos, and even got the nickel tour of their vintage Moog collection. Thank you both. First things first: price. I admit it, I choked immediately when I first saw the $15K price tag, last year. Perceived value can be a tricky thing, but I'm a believer now. If you would willingly lay out that much for a nice upright or baby grand, I don't think you could object about the Mk8 -- yes, it's that nice. Sitting in front of it, making music on it -- it's a very happy place if you're a Rhodes player. A couple of years ago, a new film palace opened in my community with features and amenities that finally addressed every complaint and niggle I had about the "classic" movie-going experience; I couldn't believe it. I feel the same way about the Mk8 -- "Hooray, they actually did *that*!" I didn't think I would appreciate it as much as I did. Rather than try to improve on the original design, what Rhodes Music has done is improve the execution of that design to a level where everything just works better and performs better. And, in my opinion, better than my brand-new (in 1981) Mark II (which was setup great), and even better than any pro-level restoration I've played. Both the materials and the workmanship are as top-drawer as you could want -- and that's why I no longer have any cognitive dissonance between the piano's price and my perceived value of it. The cabinet: Everything is still housed in a thick, wooden half-cube like the original, but there is no matching top-cover nor carrying handles. Dan Goldman has explained that all that wood is an important quality of the resonance and tone, so they did not sacrifice it to save weight. To be sure, the Mk8 is a good deal lighter than a classic Stage, but it's still 75 lbs. and my feeling is that most of the weight differential is simply because you don't have that top-cover. Of course that also means you don't have an integrated, protective case anymore, so transport will require a wheeled flight-case, or at the very least some sort of wheeled trolley bag. The legs: Rather than being screwed individually into the cabinet, the telescoping legs are permanently attached to a squarish table-like frame, and foldup for transport as a single assembly. The bottom of the piano's cabinet is recessed so that it fits precisely over the table-top of the stand (depth-wise), and yet also enables the legs to be expanded or contracted a few inches (width-wise) in case floor space is tight. Although I can't see that it would make a huge difference in stability either way, I think the idea was to allow the legs to be spread apart even wider than the sides of the cabinet. There is no facility, and really no need, for attaching the legs permanently to the piano, as the two units merge together nicely and feels quite sturdy and stable. The legs are sold separately as an accessory, but are included gratis if you pay in-full, rather than just a deposit, when you order a Mk8. The pedal: The only mechanical design change I could see from the original, the vertical sustain rod is gone — replaced by a Wurlitzer-style "brake-cable" pedal, with a nice big rubber heel pad to eliminate "skating". Long-standing niggle eliminated. The harp: Nothing unfamiliar here, save that the metallurgy of the tone bars is silver and sharper in shape than the bronze-ish, smoother ones you would find in most classic pianos. The precision fabrication of the tone bars, the tines, the pickups, even the grommets and springs, struck me immediately when I popped the hood; "Wow, this is nice." The harp still rests upon a raised wooden pedestal, has the angled lock-down bars on either side, everything is familiar. Folks who are used to tuning, regulating, and voicing their Rhodes will be right at home. I did notice that the old-style RCA pickup jack has been eschewed in favor of a standard 1/4" jack. The keybed: Okay, I'll just say it -- fabulous. Period. The action is light, bouncy, fast, precise -- I have nothing to criticize about it, and I can't see how any Rhodes player could. It fixes every complaint I've ever had or heard. Of course, a Rhodes doesn't have escapement or feel like an acoustic piano, but this action is exceptional. Mechanically, it's identical to the classic design, except for the addition of "back-checks" that prevent undesirable double-strikes from the hammers (if you look closely behind the hammers in the closeup below, you can see them.) The keys themselves are cut and shaped just like a classic Rhodes (including the crucial "miracle mod" bump), but again the precision and quality jumps out at you -- the keys are flat, even, perfectly gapped; you've never seen any Rhodes with a keybed this nice. It looks like an acoustic and plays as well as the best digital. And it feels like what you've always wished your own Rhodes to feel like. And, of course, it sounds like a Rhodes. Knocked out of the park. The electronics: Honestly, I can't gush about the preamp and the effects; not because they aren't absolutely well-done, but because I just don't really know how to evaluate them. Most of my pianos were Stages with passive electronics: Volume and Bass Boost; everything else was outboard. Suitcases had a preamp with Chorus and Tremolo, but still nothing fancy. The Mk8 preamp is obviously way more sophisticated and capable, and the optional effects panel contains everything that I would normally have turned to a stompbox for. ("Just the Way You Are" chorus/tremolo? Check. "Peg" phaser? Check.) Delays and ring modulators and flangers haven't ever been my thing, but they're here, and from what I can tell, well-implemented. MIDI: Being an acoustic instrument, MIDI capabilities are not inherent the way they are in a digital piano. The Mk8 is "MIDI-ready", which is marketing-speak for "it doesn't have it." Yes, there is a USB port that will, in the future, provide the connectivity for MIDI-over-USB, but that's it. Adding MIDI to an acoustic piano requires sensors to translate pitch and velocity into digital representations, and none of that infrastructure is yet present in the Mk8; so, MIDI capability will require much more than an update to its firmware. I don't count this against the Mk8 at all, though -- every Rhodes ever made has to treat MIDI as a foreign "add-on", and no Rhodes ever came with it as a built-in feature. Rhodes Music says that MIDI capability will be available later to those who desire it, but it will not be free, and it will almost certainly require a visit to your "authorized service center" to install the supporting hardware and electronics. I want to order one, but as I'm retired now and likely have one last homestead move in front of me, I will probably wait a little while until I land at that final location. That is, unless Rhodes introduces the "Beach Special Edition" with teal knobbage and a driftwood cabinet -- then, I'm DOWN! Front-view Bottom-view, showing the recess that accepts the legs ta Harp audio jack, tone bars, tines; tiny red felts behind are hammers are the back-checks Harp (sorry for the colorization; phone had some trouble with the dim light...)
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